Forecast from the Wunderground Blog by Jeff Masters and Bob Henson, 5:36 PM GMT on October 08, 2016:
"Matthew will continue to track right along the coast of South Carolina this afternoon [Saturday, October 8, 2016], then turn more to the northeast and track just south of the North Carolina coast Saturday night through Sunday morning. This track will push a dangerous storm surge of near record-high proportions to the coast, with NHC predicting inundations of 5 - 7’ possible from Charleston, SC to Cape Fear, and lower heights of 2 - 4’ for the coast of southern North Carolina farther to the east."
It is raining as I write, with light winds. The next high tide at Ocracoke will be at 1:40 Sunday morning. In anticipation of high water, islanders are continuing to park cars on every available rise of land, but there is not much else left to do.